The municipality of Kiamba is blessed with eight (8) major rivers and creeks that cut across the narrow plains. On the eastern side are the Taluk River, Maglangit and Kitagas creeks. From Barangay Lomuyon creek, Kiblis creek, Maligang river, and Kling river. Seven kilometer in the east of Poblacion is the Tambilil river – considered as the most hazardous. In western section closed to Poblacion are Tual river, Badtasan river and Nalus river where water overflows when there is heavy rainfall. The last is Pangi river which irrigate the rice fields of Tablao, Luma and Lebe and Salakit. Besides these creeks and rivers are numerous springs with their crystal clear water streaming down to the sea.
For the tourism sector, 13 potential tourism sites were already identified by the municipality. The seven natural falls, include Nalus, Badtasan, Bocay-il, Maligang, Kansan, Lomuyon and El Kawil. The municipality is also promoting Falel Tribal Community which is located in Barangay Tamadang. The remaining 6 sites, on the other hand, are beach resorts, namely: Tuka White Sand Beach, Woodridge Beach Resort, Rick’s Place, Nana Doray Aquino Beach and King’s Haven Beach Resort.
Table 3. Potential Tourists Attraction in the Locality, Kiamba, Sarangani Province
|Barangay||Potential Attraction||Within Forest Land (Area in Ha.)||Within A & D Lands (Area in Ha,)|
|Jan Water Park||0.4|
|Tamadang||Falel Tribal Community||4|
|Kings Haven Beach Resort||0.4|
|Poblacion||Tuka White Sand Beach||3|
|Nana Doray Beach Resort||0.4|
|Rics Place Beach Resort||0.4|
Potential Attraction : caves, falls, mountains, beaches, natural forest, rivers, lakes, wetlands (e.g. mangroves)
Within Forest Lands : indicate whether production or protection area
Some portions of the beach areas serve as nesting for marine turtles (pawikan) and feeding area for birds, fiddler ghost crabs and other soft bottom organism.
Mangrove contributes an important role in the ecological stability of the coastal system. Mangrove areas are nursery grounds for marine fishes and crustaceans, and a refuge for wildlife such as birds, rodents, reptiles and mammals.
At present, Kiamba has seven hectares mangrove area. Patches of mangrove areas are found in Barangay Luma, Salakit, Nalus, Suli, Tambilil, Datu Dani, Lagundi, Kling and Kayupo.
The seagrass ecosystem is a highly diverse and most productive ecosystem in the coastal and marine environment. It is a major habitat for molluscs, shell fish, and other invertebrates and serves as food base and nursery ground of many fish species. Seagrass beds cover about 40 hectares confined in relatively shallow intertidal and subtidal areas along the coast of the municipality. Eight seagrass species were observed in Kiamba.
Moreover, Kiamba has good coral cover specifically located at Barangay Poblacion (represented by Tuka MPA), Barangay Nalus, Tambilil, Lumoyon, Kling and Datu Dani. About 560.8134 hectares of coral reef, both hard and soft corals, supports the 45 reef fishes found in the area with estimated biomass of 11.65 metric tons per sq. km. (SOURCE: DENR-CMMD and ECPC, Provincial Capitol)
Kiamba is famous for its rare and most sought after orchid – the Waling –Waling. It is originated from the creek, located at the foot of the Bakud point, west of Kiamba proper.
Specifically, visitors’ attractions include: waterfalls in lush rainforests; short, narrow roads lined with Japanese era houses; and Tuka Marine Park – a protected area where fishing is banned. It has four protected coves and only one (Tuka2) is open to the public. The site has coral formations, while several areas have developed beautiful beaches. The tourist destinations and attractions in Kiamba can already be reached by tourist adventurers. Tourism destinations will focus on the natural beauty of the Municipality of Kiamba.